Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Full Circle

Hi Everyone! How was your holiday? Ours was wonderful! Although I didn't get around to those Castroville Eggs I spoke about the other day, Marion and I did manage to have a delightful breakfast at the neighborhood diner. As for dinner, we went simple; prime rib, roasted rosemary potatoes (although Marion swears Rosemary elevates blood pressure:) and a fresh balsamic roasted vegetable medley of red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and fennel. No, I didn't take pictures:) I did however, turn the leftovers into one heck of a cheese steak monster the next day!

It whipped up in a dash after I rolled out a tube of grand biscuits, covered each layer with the leftover vegetables, including a few potatoes, drizzled some pan juices, and topped it all off with grated Monterery Jack cheese and another rolled out grand. (which is all I had in the fridge:) Pinch the sides bake 15 minutes, Wha La! And, it was yummy!
In general, the day was a quiet one. I saw the grandkids via Skype in the morning before they left for church. (I'm waiting patiently for the "dress-up" pics:) And I spent a little time visiting you "guys" while Marion crocheted two more baby sets for the local hospital.
Without a doubt, the highlight of my day was my visit over at T.W.'s. I can't help it, I always get excited when one of you "guys" cooks up a recipe that I've included in one of my posts. In this case, baked up... That's right kiddies, remember this recipe from St. David's Day?
Well, not only did T.W. share it at his blog Culinary Types, he also included a Daffodowndilly poem by A.A. Milne. Perfect, I thought, now I get to share this Daffy-Down-Dilly illustration by Katharine Wireman. (©1929) This print has been resting in my cedar chest for-ever! Thanks T.W!

American woman illustrator, Katharine Wireman, was born in Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. A woman illustrator in the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century had kind of a hard road, because once you got married, it was usually over. Katharine Wireman continued working after her marriage, doing covers for the Saturday Evening Post, for lots of children's books, and also for Procter & Gamble, where she used her children as the models for their tremendously successful Ivory Soap advertising promotion. (source)
Would you believe one of Katharine Wireman's original oils on canvas was appraised on the Antique Roadshow for between $7,000-$9,000 dollars!

Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone. I'll be back bright and early Sunday morning with a brand new post. In the mean time, I have some more visiting to do:)